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Life Changes Counseling

No matter what you call it, change can be hard.

Whether you refer to what you're experiencing as a phase of life change, a transition, moving away, moving on, or something else, you're here because you're struggling with what's going on.  You can find out more about many ways change affects us on the page about The Effects of Change.

I know from experience that life throws us unexpected curveballs.  Sometimes it was something that took me in new and amazing directions.  Sometimes it was a real blow.  Either way, the changes had their own challenges.  I relate to your struggles right now.

Of course, if you're anything like me, you may have just now thought, "You don't know me.  How could you possibly relate?"

And you're right, I don't know you at this moment.  Part of counseling is building relationships.  In fact, the counseling relationship is more important than a counselor's theories and techniques.

But I know that we often feel alone in our struggles when change happens.  I've seen it with my clients and I've felt it as well.  Have you ever said anything like this to yourself?
  • I have to be brave for everyone else.  I don't want to burden them with my problems.
  • I don't want to rock the boat, and if I do this... everything will change.
  • I don't want them to think I'm weak.
  • I have everyone else's back.  Who's got mine?
  • I don't fit in anywhere.
  • No one understands me.  They don't know how I feel inside.
  • I wish I could just go back to how things were before.
  • I don't know if I can keep going like this.
  • I feel so broken.
  • Others have it worse than I do.  I'm being selfish for feeling like this.

I've heard these things from so many clients.  But I've also seen amazing transformations in those same clients.

But you don't have to do it alone.

Counseling provides a safe space to be seen and heard.  You can express whatever you're feeling and share whatever your thinking without judgement.  Your thoughts and feelings are yours and they are valid.

And going to therapy for dealing with change doesn't have to involve a diagnosis.  It may just be you're struggling to adapt to a new situation or move forward with new ways of thinking, acting, and living.  But it can also help reveal if you do have any challenges such as generalized anxiety, depression, or PTSD.

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The change is directed by you.

Counseling at MoonPath is client-centered and client-led.  That means you are the expert in yourself.  While a therapist might know about theories and coping tools and brain science, they don't know you like you know yourself.

When we work together, you're not just getting a therapist who will smile and nod and ask you, "How did that make you feel?"  Together, we will determine what you want to get out of counseling and come up with a plan that makes sense to you.  

What kind of change do you want to see?

Something one of my instructors once said really stuck with me.  They said, "Counseling isn't just about feeling better.  It's about doing better."

While it can feel good to be in a space that's all about you for an hour, the truly important thing is helping you live a better life - whatever that means for you.  With regard to life changes, that might include things like:
  • Identifying your core values to respond to your life changes in authentic ways.
  • Tapping into your unique strengths, your humor, the things that bring good stuff into your life, and your personal vibe.
  • Responding your thoughts in life-enhancing ways rather than with unhelpful behaviors.
  • Improved ability to focus on the things that are important to you in the present rather than getting pulled into the past or consumed by anxiety about the future.
  • Taking a problem that feels overwhelming and breaking it down into small, manageable steps.
  • Being able to do the things that are important to you, even when they feel hard or scary.

Ready to get started?

Like I said above, relationships are an important part of counseling.  I want you to find the counselor that works for you, even if that's not me.  But I hope I can be a part of your journey.  Check the menu above to find out more about my other areas of focus and rates.
Click the link below to contact me with questions, for a free, no-strings-attached 20-minute conversation to see if we'd be a good fit, or to set up an appointment.
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